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FFM1: Calamari NightmareTentacles swell from the darkness under the bed thick, blood-red, lazily curling just at the edge of the yellow nightlight's glow.
"Mama can't see it."
A thick, boneless limb quivers in amusement.
"Mama just forgot how."
"Can you see it, Daddy?"
A large hand drops onto a small blond head, ruffles the hair gently, nudges the child toward the door.
"Go wait outside for a bit."
The other hand is tucked behind a broad back. The door opens and shuts, and then it's just a man and a monster he shouldn't even remember.
"It's been a long time, boy."
"I'm not a boy anymore."
"Men can't see me."
"Maybe I'm just different."
"Maybe," the monster allows. Red eyes appear from the deepest part of the shadows. Tentacles unfurl, squid-like, from the same depths. The man kneels beside the bed, one hand still hidden behind his leg, almost casually.
"It's past bedtime, you know."
"Past feeding time?"
"We don't like being eaten by you. We like it even less when it happens to our children
Inspector Wolf The old lady was dead. I could smell it before I even got into the house. The whole place reeked of adrenaline, sweat, fear, copper and steel. He’d dropped her right in her living room. Chopped and chopped until she stopped moving. But I could tell I was getting close. This had been done in a hurry, and the killer didn’t have the time to clean up after himself like he usually did.
Across the room, the phone rang. The shrill sound set my teeth to grinding, but I ignored it. Instead I followed the killer’s bloody footprints into the back bedroom. He’d climbed out the window. If I hurried, I could catch up to him and end this disgusting spree he was on.
Then the answering machine kicked in. “Hi, Gramma! It’s Red. Sorry I’m running late. I kind of lost track of time. But don’t worry. I packed the picnic and I’m heading out the door right now. Love you.”
She’d been expec
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